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An Eastern Odyssey: The Third Expedition of Haardt and Audion-Dubreuil.

Preface by André Citroën. Introduction by L. Audion-Dubreuil. Translated and Adapted by Major-General Sir E. D. Swinton K.B.E., C.B., D.S.O. (Ole Luk-Oie).

Published: London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1935

Stock code: 93835

Price: £475

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First edition in English, first impression. First published in Paris under the title La Croisière jaune: expédition Citroën Centre-Asie, troisième mission in 1933. The Third Citroën Expedition, the legendary Croisiere Jaune, was organized by Georges-Marie Haardt, Director General of Citroën, to promote the company’s “Autochenilles,” half-tracks fitted with Kergresse’s tracks at the rear and a road-roller attachment at the front. The “Pamir” party with Haardt and French explorer Audouin-Dubreuil set out from Beirut with the intention of following the Silk Road to Peking; the “Chine” group were to meet them having departed from Tientsin. Russia withdrew permission to cross Turkmenistan at the last minute, so two of the vehicles were manhandled north into the Karakoram, crossing the close-to 14,000 ft Burzil Pass to Mishgar where they were finally halted by the terrain. The party proceeded on camels and horses to Kashgar. They met the others and despite arrest, bandits, rebels, and crashing through ice at a river crossing, went on to Peking in the “Chine” group vehicles, arriving in February 1932. The success of the expedition was marred by Haardt’s death from pneumonia at Hong Kong the following month. The publisher’s retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown.

Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, map endpapers. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece and 39 black and white plates. Some foxing to edges; an excellent copy in the jacket that has some nicks to extremities.

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